ASLA-NY Members Help Students Build a Rain Garden in Brooklyn

Adobe Spark (1)On June 27, members from ASLA-NY and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) joined students at JHS 218 in Brooklyn to talk about landscape architecture, planting and stewardship then added new plants to their rain garden. Students learned how to prepare the soil by adding air and breaking up compacted areas and landscape architects assisted them with plant selection, layout and planting. The Greenbelt Native Plant Center on Staten Island donated most of the plant material, all grown from locally collected seeds and many of the plants will support pollinators in the garden.

Thanks to our great volunteers: Tiffany Briery, Taylor Drake, Coe Hoeksema, Katya Khan, Tricia Martin, Ruth Nervig, Jennifer Nitzky, Linh Pham, Maddalena Polletta and Ashleigh – the students will certainly be inspired to be stewards of their new garden! See the slideshow below for a photo recap of our event.

Stay tuned for our next project soon. If you are interested in volunteering on our team, sponsoring the program, or donating supplies, please contact Jennifer Nitzky at [email protected] or our Executive Director at [email protected]

In 2016, ASLA-NY honored Mary Alice Lee from TPL and ASLA-NY member Melissa Potter-Ix of StudioHIP for their 20 years of service inspiring elementary students to be landscape architects during their 10-week participatory design program. Learn more about the Trust for Public Land’s NYC Playgrounds Program on our video here: